In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district on Sunday.
The youth were martyred by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Tral area of the district. Till the last reports came in, the operation is still going on.
Meanwhile military lockdown and restrictions continue on 161st consecutive day on Sunday in occupied Kashmir following the August 5 Indian illegal decision to abrogate special status of the held valley.
Restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced and residents continue to suffer immensely due to suspension of internet across all platforms, SMS and prepaid cellular services. As a mark of silent protest, people in the Valley continue to keep their shops closed except for a brief period in the morning and evening and stay away from schools and offices. Public transport is also unavailable. The clampdown has not only affected inter-district road connectivity drastically but has also thrown great challenges for old city residents due to the shutting of factories, industries, and other workplaces. The residents of Kashmir valley are facing severe hardships due to shortage of essential commodities due to continued blockade and fast approaching winter. The opening of Jamia Masjid is considered to be the absolute parameter of normalcy, but it has not seen any Friday gathering for the past 127 days.—SABAH